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Study hints at possible Alzheimer's cure

Of the top 10 causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer's disease is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.<p>However, researchers at Duke University might be one step closer to finding a cure for this devastating disease that affects nearly 5.3 million Americans.<p>In a recent …

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time<p>An experimental gene therapy reduces the rate at which nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients degenerate and die, according to new results from a small clinical trial, published in …

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s — A Disease Fed by Sugar

As of 2013, 5.2 million Americans had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia,1 and Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to …

Alzheimer's disease may be a transmissible infection, study suggests

The “seeds” of Alzheimer’s disease may be transmitted from one person to another during certain medical procedures - possibly including blood …

Alzheimer's Disease

There's No Evidence Alzheimer's Is "Infectious"

"There remains absolutely no evidence that Alzheimer’s disease is contagious or can be transmitted from person to person via any current medical or dental procedures.”<p>All eight people in the study died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) contracted from growth hormone treatment they had as children. …

Dementia

Can Alzheimer’s proteins be spread via medical procedures?

From 1958 to 1985, 30,000 people worldwide were exposed to a contagious, highly fatal brain disorder called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These …

Dementia

Alzheimer's Caring Costs

We need to begin a national conversation about how we can provide financial assistance for Alzheimer's caregivers. The daily emotional stress of caring is great enough. We must find ways to reduce the additional stress on caregivers caused by the high cost of providing this care.<p>It costs a lot of …

Alzheimer's Disease

Understanding the Top Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Can Be Your Best Source of Detection

It is important to remember that early warning signs can include more than just memory loss, and that detection is one of the most powerful tools that people today have against Alzheimer's. We can all dream for a day where there will be a cure for Alzheimer's, but for those of us facing this …

Alzheimer's Disease

Low vitamin D levels may increase risk for Alzheimer's

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with disorders as varied as osteoporosis, cancer, muscle weakness, heart disease and asthma in children. A recent …

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s May Start Decades Before Diagnosis

Neurodegenerative brain changes begin by middle age, underscoring the need for life-long preventive brain maintenance.

Causal Link Between Alzheimer's Disease and Telomere Shortening

<b>In a newly published study, researchers at Karolinska Institutet show that the shortening of the telomeres – the caps at each end of the chromosomes</b> …

Gene which delays Alzheimer' Disease by 17 years discovered by scientists

Scientists made the discovery while studying Colombians who are genetically predisposed to get Alzheimer's early<p>A gene which slows the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by 17 years has been discovered by scientists leading to hopes that its effects could be mimicked with drugs to delay the devastating …

Brain changes wrought by gene linked to Alzheimer’s may begin in childhood, scientists say

The gene that makes some people more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease as adults also affects the brain development and mental abilities of children, a new study shows.<p>Researchers who examined brain scans of 1,187 kids and teens found distinct patterns in the size and structure of the cortex, …